RICHARD CARLINE (1896-1980)
THE CAPTAIN OF THE GRACE HARWAR
signed with initials l.r.: RCC and inscribed with title and dated (1930)
48 cm by 30.5 cm; 19 in by 12 in
The Artist's Family; Liss Fine Art
The Grace Harwar, built in 1889 in Glasgow, was one of the last commercial full-rigged sailing ships in service. At the date of the present work she was part of the fleet of windjammers owned by Gustav Erikson and mainly employed on the grain trade from Australia to Europe.
In 1929 Alan Villiers, the author, photographer, and adventurer, sailed with his fellow journalist Richard Walker from Tasmania to England on the Grace Harwar. During the voyage Walker was killed in an accident, the under-provisioned crew developed scurvy, and the second mate had a breakdown. Villiers wrote about the voyage in By Way of Cape Horn (1930), calling the ship "a dog with a bad name".
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